Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review: Never Too Hot by Bella Andre

Never Too Hot
Bella Andre {Myspace | Blog | Twitter}
Series: Hot Shots: Men of Fire, #3
Publisher: Bantam
Published: May 15, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback {351 pages}
Source: Public Library
Genre: Contemporary
Characters: Ginger Sinclair, Connor MacKenzie
My Rating:
Heat Level: 1/5

Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin—and to be alone. A horrific blaze has left him scarred inside and out and certain of two things: He'll get back on his hotshot crew no matter what it takes, and any woman who ventures too close will not stay long.

Ginger Sinclair has been burned by a different kind of fire. Having just escaped from a bad marriage, she's retreated to the safety of the lakeside vacation town in upstate New York to start a new life. She's done with men, with relationships, with the danger of desires that can rage out of control—until she unexpectedly encounters Connor MacKenzie. As a hot summer on the lake grows ever hotter, they find themselves sharing a cabin and a romance that will swiftly engulf them both.

Connor MacKenzie slid his rental car into the gravel driveway behind the old log cabin and was pulling the keys out of the ignition when the cheap metal key ring scraped against his palm.

After a devastating fire left Connor scarred and unable to return to a career he loves, he retreats to his grandparents summer cabin only to find it already occupied. Ginger too needed to escape from a bad marriage and found refuge at the cabin.

The two of them find exactly what they are looking for in each other. Ginger has felt attractive enough or good enough about herself to believe anyone would truly want her. Connor also seems to have lost his identity as well, with the loss of his firefighter career. Connor and Ginger prove to one another that all that is untrue.

The overall premise was okay, but I as a reader lacked a connection with the characters. Ginger and Connor's relationship felt more like a friendship, or mutual kinship, instead of one of a romantic nature. I found myself more interested in the back story of Isabel and Connor's father instead of the two lead characters.


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